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Friday, March 5, 2010

part 2 - special update on Turkey

2. As I mentioned a few days ago the pressure on Turkey will rise sharply over time from inside and outside. The vote in the US congress panel on the genocide builds up a cabal which was long time coming - as the next step will be the claim of reparation in the double digit bil. at least. Lets look back a few years and remember that Secretary Rice presented a new Middle East map on which part of the east Turkish borders were changed and Turkey had shrunk. This development was planed from long hand as also recently Turkey started to drill for oil and found some - what a pathetic surprise. This was an open secret for decades since many neighbors have gas or oil but someone wanted first to change the ball game before exploring it. We can be sure that some forces play a big game here and Israel is rumored to play a big role behind the scenes.
The point is that the money demands will be changed in land demands and that will never happen without war. Amazing is for me that these panel probably should deal with situations in the US history where millions of Indians were killed and plenty of back slaves - none of these events is something any nation should tolerate and have excuses for but before you through the first stone be sure your without sins yourself could one easily through into the ring. Astrology says that things will get very tough and rough this year on all scales and for TURKEY especially the risk of war within the next 2 years is over 80%.


Turkey Recalls Envoy to U.S. Over House Genocide Vote

By Peter S. Green and Indira A.R. Lakshmanan

March 5 (Bloomberg) -- Turkey recalled its ambassador from Washington for consultations after a U.S. House committee yesterday brushed aside concerns raised by the Obama administration and passed a resolution calling the killing of Armenians in Ottoman Turkey genocide.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the full House shouldn’t take up the resolution because it interferes with an effort by Turkey and Armenia to normalize their relations.

The House Foreign Affairs Committee approved the measure on a 23-22 vote. The resolution says the Ottoman Empire, the predecessor of modern-day Turkey, killed 1.5 million ethnic Armenians from 1915 to 1923. It asks the president to ensure that U.S. foreign policy reflects “appropriate understanding” of the atrocity and “the consequences of the failure to realize a just resolution.”

Following the vote, the Turkish government said Ambassador Namik Tan would leave for Ankara, according to a statement. Turkey, a U.S. ally, took that same step as a protest the day after a House committee approved a similar resolution in 2007. That measure never came up for a full House vote.

Turkish President Abdullah Gul said on his Web site that the vote was “one-sided and remote from historical realities,” and will hurt peace talks with Armenia.

Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu told a press conference in Ankara that the resolution showed a lack of “strategic vision” on the part of U.S. lawmakers who supported it, and said he’s summoned the U.S. ambassador in Turkey to the ministry today.

Full Vote

The new resolution now goes to the Democratic leadership of the House of Representatives, which will decide whether and when to hold a full vote on the issue.

“We do not believe that the full Congress will or should vote on that resolution and we have made that clear to all the parties involved,” Clinton told reporters at a conference in Costa Rica yesterday.

“It’s serious,” Bulent Aliriza, director of the Turkey Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, said of the potential diplomatic damage caused by the committee vote.

“The administration did not focus on this, and the likelihood of the normalization” between Turkey and Armenia “continuing is a lot less this afternoon than it was this morning,” he said yesterday.

Turkey’s border with Iran and its trade relationship with the Islamic regime there makes Turkish support vital for U.S. efforts to use trade sanctions to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon, said Aliriza.


Turkey asserts that the genocide resolution hurts Turkish and Armenian efforts to renew diplomatic relations that were broken over Armenia’s military intervention in Azerbaijan’s Nagorno-Karabakh region following the 1991 breakup of the Soviet Union, and have remained stalled on that issue and the Ottoman- era killings.

Turkey and Armenia agreed in October to renew relations after Clinton helped the countries overcome a last-minute dispute before a signing ceremony in Zurich. U.S. President Barack Obama called Turkish President Abdullah Gul yesterday to urge the “rapid ratification” of an accord on normal ties with Armenia.

“Our focus is on ensuring that we continue to make progress on an issue that for almost a hundred years has divided two countries,” White House spokesman Robert Gibbs told reporters yesterday.

Clinton had called Representative Howard Berman, the California Democrat who heads the Foreign Affairs committee, asking him not to push the resolution forward.

‘Gag Rule’

“We’re delighted the House Foreign Affairs Committee has decided to stand up to the gag rule that Turkey has tried to place on U.S. foreign policy,” said Kenneth Hachikian, chairman of the Armenian National Committee of America, a lobbying group in Washington.

“You cannot have a relationship or a reconciliation based upon lies,” Hachikian said in an interview after the vote. “Turkey can’t come to the table and say let’s reconcile but we deny what the rest of the world acknowledges.”

Turkish lawmakers visiting Washington this week said the House resolution would be damaging and inflame the Turkish public. “There is a reconciliation process between Turkey and Armenia” that is unfolding, said Murat Mercan, chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Turkish Parliament and a member of the ruling Justice and Development Party.

Turkey has long objected to similar congressional declarations, arguing that the deaths of Armenians were part of a wide-ranging conflict and weren’t orchestrated by Turkish leaders of the time.

Crime Against Humanity

The House resolution noted that England, France and Russia called the killings a crime against humanity at the time, and that Turkey’s own government indicted the leaders of the massacres after World War I.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has proposed an inquiry by historians to examine the genocide claim, as part of his diplomatic engagement with neighboring Armenia.

The U.S. may need Turkish help in the withdrawal of its forces from Iraq, and that matter would come through his committee, Mercan said this week. Legislation to extend the deployment of Turkish forces in Afghanistan also would pass through the panel, he said.

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